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Sonoma State University

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Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University (also referred to as SSU or Sonoma State), is a public four-year university and one of twenty three campuses in the California State University (CSU) system. The school's main campus is located in Rohnerk Park, California about 50 miles north of San Francisco. SSU offers over 65 undergraduate and graduate degrees and is one of the smallest universities within the CSU system.

With substantial involvement and support from San Francisco State University, Sonoma State College was established in 1960 as part of the California State College system. In 1978 Sonoma State College became Sonoma State University and it was transitioned into the California State University (CSU) system. The University started offering four-year college degrees in 1961. Today SSU offers an extensive selection of both graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

Academics

While Sonoma State is well known for its exceptional business, economics and nursing programs, it is still considered a liberal arts university. The most popular subjects of study at Sonoma State are business, psychology and and liberal arts. The University operates on a non-traditional semester system which includes a short term in August known as "intersession" and three more traditional semesters for fall, spring and summer.

Academic Schools and Programs

Sonoma State University is composed of 65 individual departments and programs, which in turn belong to one of the University's seven academic schools. All seven schools at Sonoma State offer both graduate and undergraduate programs and many also offer minors and doctorates.

Sonoma State’s schools include Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Education, Science and Technology, Extended Education Certificate Programs, Social Sciences Anthro Studies Center and California Cultural Studies.

The following is a list of the academic schools and special programs offered at Sonoma State.
  • School of Arts & Humanities
  • School of Business & Economics
    • Wine Business Program
  • School of Education
  • School of Science & Technology
    • Galbreath Wildlands Preserve (provides research and educational programs in hydrology, geology, vegetation, vertebrates and climate)
    • Fairfield Osborn Preserve (provides research and educational programs in hydrology and ecology)
    • Sonoma State Observatory (provides research and education programs in astronomy)
  • School of Extended Education Certificate Programs
    • EXCEL for Youth
    • Contract Credit Programs
    • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (noncredit courses for adults over 50)
    • Bachelor of Art Degree Completion Program in Liberal Studies
    • Master of Art in Interdisciplinary Studies: Action for a Viable Future
    • Art Therapy
    • Organization Development Program
    • Depth Psychology
    • Master of Science in Computer and Engineering Science
    • Open University
    • Sonoma State American Language Institute
    • Master of Art in Spanish
    • Summer Session
  • School of Social Sciences Anthro Studies Center
  • Other Majors California Cultural Studies
    • Special Major in Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Special Major in Global Studies
    • Planning
  • Other Minors
    • Minor in Women's Health
    • Women's and Gender Studies
    • Special Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies

Athletics

Known as the Seawolves, Sonoma State’s teams compete in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, which exists within the NCAA’s Division II. The school is best known for its strong soccer and baseball programs, with the latter considered particularly noteworthy.

Financial Aid

Sonoma State offers grants, scholarships, loans and fee-paying resources as means of helping students defray the cost of attendance. All applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Library System

The Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center opened in 2000. It is home to the university library, information technology, the Center for Distributed Learning, the Writing Center, the Faculty Center, the Center for Community Engagement and Charlie Brown’s Caf©. The property encompasses 215,000 square feet, with 50,000 feet of shelving.

Student Housing

Most first-time freshmen live in suite-type arrangements, with some apartments available. Living Learning Communities are also available for those who are interested. The suite and room types are Double Suite, Single Suite, Cabernet Apartments and Sauvignon Apartments.

General Information

Admission Office
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609
(707) 664-2778
Fax: (707) 664-2060
Contact: Gustavo Flores
Director, Admissions
Main Address
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609
(707) 664-2880
www.sonoma.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 7,709
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,655
Degree-seeking undergrads: 7,709
Graduate enrollment: 1,212

Setting
Suburban setting
Large town (10,000 - 49,999)
Commuter campus
Degrees offered:
Bachelor's
Master's

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $55
Online application fee: $55
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 76%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 74%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $3,946 $4,272 $5,290 $5,508 +4.12%
Books and Supplies $1,386 $1,656 $1,732 $1,704 -1.62%
Living Arrangement - On Campus




Room and Board $9,730 $10,115 $10,418 $10,522 +1.00%
Other $3,672 $3,990 $4,110 $4,074 -0.88%
Living Arrangement - Off Campus




Room and Board $10,710 $11,472 $11,970 $12,414 +3.71%
Other $3,798 $4,008 $4,128 $4,086 -1.02%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $18,734 $20,033 $21,550 $21,808 +1.20%
In-state Off Campus $19,840 $21,408 $23,120 $23,712 +2.56%
In-state with Family $5,332 $5,928 $7,022 $7,212 +2.71%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 769 47%

Grant or scholarship aid 478 29% $3,082,597 $6,449
- Federal grants 243 15% $1,172,794 $4,826
- Pell grants 243 15% $884,266 $3,639
- Other federal grants 233 14% $288,528 $1,238
State and local government grant or scholarships 354 22% $762,304 $2,153
Institutional scholarships or grants 320 20% $1,147,499 $3,586
Student loan financial aid 543 33% $2,400,292 $4,420
- Federal student loans 533 33% $2,127,459 $3,991
- Other student loans 28 2% $272,833 $9,744

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 1701 225 - - -
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 28 - - - -
African-american/black Studies 10 - - - -
Hispanic-american, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-american/chicano Studies 6 - - - -
Women's Studies 12 - - - -
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 53 7 - - -
Biochemistry 8 - - - -
Biology/biological Sciences, General 45 7 - - -
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 355 25 - - -
Business Administration and Management, General 355 25 - - -
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 96 - - - -
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 96 - - - -
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 27 - - - -
Computer Science 27 - - - -
Education - 69 - - -
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services - 26 - - -
Education, General - 43 - - -
Engineering 3 4 - - -
Engineering Science 3 4 - - -
English Language and Literature/letters 75 8 - - -
English Language and Literature, General 75 8 - - -
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 27 - - - -
French Language and Literature 3 - - - -
Spanish Language and Literature 24 - - - -
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 44 43 - - -
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 44 43 - - -
History 40 6 - - -
History, General 40 6 - - -
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 62 - - - -
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 62 - - - -
Human Services, General - 7 - - -
Public Administration - 7 - - -
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 176 - - - -
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 176 - - - -
Mathematics and Statistics 18 - - - -
Applied Mathematics, General 1 - - - -
Mathematics, General 16 - - - -
Statistics, General 1 - - - -
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General - 23 - - -
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis - 10 - - -
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other - 13 - - -
Natural Resources and Conservation 68 - - - -
Environmental Science 68 - - - -
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 96 4 - - -
Health and Physical Education/fitness, General 96 4 - - -
Physical Sciences 15 - - - -
Chemistry, General 5 - - - -
Geology/earth Science, General 4 - - - -
Physics, General 6 - - - -
Psychology 181 29 - - -
Psychology, General 181 29 - - -
Social Sciences 198 - - - -
Anthropology 24 - - - -
Economics, General 35 - - - -
Geography 6 - - - -
International Relations and Affairs 10 - - - -
Political Science and Government, General 34 - - - -
Sociology 89 - - - -
Visual and Performing Arts 92 - - - -
Art/art Studies, General 15 - - - -
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 21 - - - -
Fine/studio Arts, General 33 - - - -
Music, General 23 - - - -
Work and Family Studies 47 - - - -
Human Development and Family Studies, General 47 - - - -
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-American Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B
Women's Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts - General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music - General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Business Administration/Management B

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Programming - General B
Computer Science B

Engineering
Computer Engineering - General B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature - General B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature
French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Nursing (RN) B

History
History - General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics
Mathematics - General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Global Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Studies B
Natural Resources & Conservation - General B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology
Psychology - General B

Security & Protective Services
Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma
*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.
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